LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||18/JAN/2006 12:22 PM|
Many factories have three shifts. The names and hours of the shifts may vary from place to place.
Night/third/dog/graveyard shift (dog shift is a common police term)
Note that the word is graveyard and not gravyard. Further note that a graveyard is a cemetery.
An amazing, almost magical, outstanding accomplishment
(Everyone thought that Bob was going to be fired. At the last minute, he did a hat trick with the XYZ account and was praised and promoted by the sales manager. How did he do it? How did he make such a large sale exactly at the moment he needed one? -- The consultant is expected to come here, do a few hat tricks, and leave without solving any of our problems.)
This is a place where people wait to be called to appear on TV, on a stage, etc. I bet Jo Soares has one for his guests.
The right to do something at a later date/time without penalty. A store advertises a new suit for R$200 to any customer who comes to the store before 5:00 pm. You reach the store at 4:00 pm, but the store no longer has any suits. You are given a "raincheck", a simple document that promises you a suit for R$200 next week when more suits are expected to arrive. -- A friend invites you to have dinner with his family. You would love to go, but you have a prior commitment. You ask, "May I have a raincheck?" (May I accept your invitation, but for a later date?)
As Cris described, just imagine your mother-in-law in the car with you. "Turn here, turn there, you're going to fast, slow down, park over there..."
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